Last weekend I took my son to the Cohutta wilderness in North Georgia. We camped near Jacks river falls, on the banks of the river. The campsite we chose was in a really neat location, but if we had been in a tent, it would have been a very miserable trip. The ground was rocky and uneven, (very common in the Cohuttas!) In addition, it rained all night, and most of the campsite was a muddy mess. However, since we were hanging, we were dry and warm, and had a very comfortable night! I think it was the most comfortable night I have ever spent in the backcountry! With the river noise in the background, and raindrops hitting thetarp, it was pretty relaxing! Due to the rain, we were in our hammocks for almost 12 hours--------it was very cozy and nice! There is no way I could have spent that long laying on the rocky ground in a tent (that probably would have leaked!) We had a great trip, partly due to the fact we were hammock camping! Thanks for all the great advice! On a side note, we had a medium sized bear come and visit us several times during the night. I think he was very confused about the whole hammock thing-----"what the heck is that?" I encouraged him to leave, and he decided to vacate the premisis! I'll try to post a few pictures later. I thought this trip really highlighted the advantages of a hammock over a tent. Its official, Im totally addicted to hammocks---Ill never go back to ground sleeping! By the way, we used 2 diy speer hammocks (with a few modifications!) and a modified rayway tarp. (I added a couple of pieces to the sides and ends, to make it a little wider on one end, with a longer beak) Using the 3 tree method, it worked like charm! Thanks again for the great forum and advice!